TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin raised his hands to celebrate an Amari Cooper touchdown Saturday night, a 39-yard deep ball in the third quarter, before the pass had even left quarterback Blake Sims' hand. Cooper, of course, led Alabama to a 55-44 win with 224 yards receiving and three touchdowns, and he confirmed after the game that the touchdown Kiffin called before the pass was thrown came against a Kiffin favorite: man coverage.
Watch Kiffin raise his hands to signal touchdown at the bottom of this video before Cooper has even made his first cut.
Not bad, Lane.
Cooper admitted after the game that Kiffin's confidence in him against man coverage knows few, if any, bounds.
"I think he's seen me do it a lot of times in practice against man to man," Cooper said. "So, yeah."
A junior, Cooper said the first of his two touchdowns came against man coverage; the last one -- a 75-yarder -- came against a Cover 3 look. Saturday night, it didn't much matter what Auburn tried. Cooper probably sealed a Biletnikoff Award win as the nation's top receiver with the 13-catch performance, and no doubt collected a few Heisman Trophy votes on the night, too.
There's little doubt he'd get Kiffin's vote.